Ford Focus’ At-Home Charging Station Charges EVs in Less than 4 Hours

by , 07/05/11

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Ford Focus Electric owners can now charge up their vehicles without leaving their homes! In a partnership with Leviton and Best Buy, consumers will be able to purchase their own in-home charging stations for personal use. The cool and compact charging station was recently introduced at Ford’s booth at CES 2011.

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The tiny charging station is about the size of a backpack, and currently runs for about $1,500 at Best Buy. Easy to install, each station comes with the assistance of Best Buy’s Geek Squad, who provides service from sale to installation. The 240-volt system should not interfere with typical home electric wiring, but if so, the Geek Squad will work out any issues, in addition to any servicing and repairs required. Small and sleek, the system hooks into an outlet instead of having to be hard-wired into a circuit breaker. The bright blue and white unit attaches to the vehicle via a simple cord and small plug.

Linked in with the car’s 6.6 kilowatt charger, Ford Focus Electric owners can fully charge their vehicles at home in three to four hours — this is half the charge time of their competitor the Nissan Leaf. Charging at home also saves consumers cash, avoiding the issue of over-charging at public commercial charging stations.

+ Ford

Via Zero Emission Motoring

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  1. tomsax July 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    How can you say an electric Focus that doesn’t exist charges faster than a Nissan Leaf that does?

    First off, the Leaf supports DC Quick Charging which will charge a Leaf from zero to 80% in less than 30 minutes, over 8 times as many miles per minute as the future Focus.

    Second, Nissan has already announced the next version of the Leaf will also support 6.6 kW charging, so by the time Ford finally gets around to delivering the Focus in quantity, Leafs will have the same 6.6 kW Level 2 onboard charger and support for DC Quick Charging.

    Finally, if you’re charging at night, who cares whether it takes four hours or eight hours?

    Besides, EVs are rarely driven to empty, so typical recharge times are less than half the full charge time.

  2. geo241 July 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    $1500 still seems very pricey for what is just a handshake device with little in terms of actual circuitry inside. The Ford has the higher power inverter and the wall unit whether it be from Coulomb, or Leviton is only an interface and a very simple one at that.

  3. Eletruk July 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I can say they will definitely last that long. I drive a 1999 Ford Ranger EV, a Ford factory built electric vehicle. That’s 11 years it’s been running on the original batteries. And these batteries are older technology NiMH batteries. We already know that Lithium are good for more cycles than NiMH batteries (NiMH are rated for about 500 cycles where Lithium are rated for 1500-2000 cycles).
    With EVs having less moving parts than your typical car, there is less to fail.

  4. eletruk July 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Well, I can. I drive a 1999 Ford Ranger EV. That’s 12 years old. And it is using the original batteries.
    This is not a conversion, it’s a Ford factory built EV. It uses NiMH batteries, which have shown extremely good durability.
    We already know that well maintained Lithium batteries last longer than NiMH. So, yes these cars will be around in 8 to 10 years.

  5. caeman July 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

    None of these vehicles have been on the road for 8 to 10 years, yet. Only time will tell if they actually last that long.

  6. Eletruk July 8, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Oh come on people. The Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf have their batteries warrantied for 8 years or 100,000 miles. Do you really think 8 years is not long enough? And mind you, that doesn’t mean that after 8 years the batteries suddenly stop working. The battery management systems in these vehicles are considerably more sophisticated than your laptop or cell phone. When the battery is the single most expensive part of the vehicle, it’s longevity is much more important than those cheap things they use for personal electronics. If you buy an electric vehicle today, I bet that you will sell it not because the battery has died, but because the newer models in 5-10 years are cooler, and go farther.

  7. lazyreader July 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Batteries depend on destructive chemical reactions to operate a charge and store it. Lead acid batteries are typically very reliable but an environmental hazard if disposed of improperly. But batteries in general are some of the most unreliable devices compared to modern electronics. Our most reliable gadgets plug in. I’m optimistic that ultra-capacitors will eventually replace batteries. In as little as ten years the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf and Tesla’s will find it’s way in the used car lots or more likely crushed and buried along side their EV1 cousins from a decade prior.

  8. caeman July 6, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Batteries are what they are. No one has yet solved the (lack of) longevity problem, and I don’t think it will happen anytime soon. It is a package that depends on a chemical process which depletes itself while destroying the internal components. Every recharge brings it closer to its end.

    The savior of electric cars will be the cheapness of the batteries, not the longevity.

  9. lazyreader July 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    The whole thing should really be that we need a battery that doesn’t require frequent charging. That’s what gives gas an advantage. If you leave your car in the garage for a month, it’s still gasoline with no decline in quality and can be stored almost indefinitely where as batteries tend to decline and loose charge over time. Who here has bought a computer or cell phone only to develop battery problems within a year or two. Of course the obsolescence of the cell phone was a planned for new models to come out every year or two. We should marvel at how cheap gasoline is. What a bargain we get for the steps it takes to produce it and transport it. Drills often have to bend and dig sideways through as much as five miles of earth. What they find then has to be delivered through long pipelines or shipped in monstrously expensive ships. converted into three or more different formulas of gasoline and transported in trucks that cost more than $100,000 each. Then your local gas station must spend a fortune on safety devices to make sure you don’t blow yourself up. Milk or bottled water costs more than gasoline.

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